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  • Commission brings in top innovators to advise on a potential European Innovation Council

    20/01/2017
    The European Commission has announced the 15 members of the new High Level Group that will advise the Commission on how to strengthen support for breakthrough, market-creating innovation in Horizon 2020 and future research and innovation programmes.
  • Switzerland steps up research and innovation cooperation with the EU

    22/12/2016
    Swiss researchers and organisations will now be able to fully participate in Horizon 2020, the European Union's research and innovation funding programme, on equal terms with entities from EU Member States and other associated countries. This is because on 1 January 2017, Switzerland will become fully associated to Horizon 2020. Until now, Switzerland has only been associated to parts of the programme.
  • Commission presents experts' recommendations on research and innovation in Ukraine

    19/12/2016
    The European Commission has presented in Kyiv today policy recommendations to help Ukraine to improve its performance in research and innovation. The recommendations were developed, at the request of Ukraine's Ministry of Education and Science, by a team of high-level experts and officials from eight different EU Member States.
  • Last FET Newsletter of 2016

    14/12/2016
    The December 2016 edition of the FET Newsletter brings you the latest news on Future and Emerging Technologies: Graphene secrets unveiled, quantum news, reporting from the Human Brain workshop at the European Parliament, portrait of a FET researcher, funding opportunities and interesting project news and future events.
  • Making state of the art sensors with children's toy putty and graphene

    12/12/2016
    Graphene Flagship researchers from Trinity College Dublin in collaboration with the National Graphene Institute (NGI) at the University of Manchester, have used graphene to make the novelty children’s material Silly Putty® (polysilicone) conduct electricity. Using this conductive polymer they found that they were able to create extremely sensitive sensors.
  • Commission announces members of group to produce vision for future EU research and innovation and boosting its impact

    29/11/2016
    The European Commission has announced the 12 members of the new High Level Group that will formulate a vision for future EU research and innovation and make recommendations on maximising the impact of EU investments in this area. The group is chaired by Pascal Lamy, President Emeritus of the Jacques Delors Institute.
  • EU funding for research and innovation attracts ever more interest, report shows

    28/11/2016
    Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation programme, is attracting more and more researchers and innovators. In 2015 there was an increase in proposals by 25% compared to 2014, especially coming from businesses, whose number of applications increased by almost 27%. Almost 50 % of participants are newcomers, many of which are small and medium-sized companies.
  • New actions to help close the gap in research excellence across Europe

    23/11/2016
    The European Commission is today presenting new measures that will help bring more countries to the map of research excellence. The actions range from financing new knowledge centres to facilitating structural reforms that will enable more synergies between different funding sources. They will be rolled out during the last three years of Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation funding programme that runs until 2020.
  • Research and Innovation performance and Horizon 2020 country participation

    10/11/2016
    The European Semester, the Commission's yearly cycle of economic policy coordination, supports Member States' structural reforms in different policy areas to promote jobs, growth and investment.
    Research and Innovation performance and Horizon 2020 country participation
  • Public consultation: have your say on Horizon 2020

    19/10/2016
    The European Commission has today launched a public stakeholder consultation which will feed into the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020, the EU's €77 billion research and innovation funding scheme running from 2014 to 2020. This interim evaluation will help improve the functioning of Horizon 2020, and will also be an important element in preparations of a next EU research and innovation programme.

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